Demi Lovato: Cutting Herself Since Age 11!

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We've known Demi Lovato is a "cutter," but the recent revelation that she began to slit her wrists and mutilate herself at age 11 is startling.

Now 18, Demi opened up to 20/20 about her recent stint in a treatment center, where she was treated for cutting, bulimia and emotional issues.

Cutting is "a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body," according to Demi, who adds she's been overeating since age eight.

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Demi Lovato has also experienced - and been shaped by - bullying.

"I've spoken openly about being bullied throughout the past few years," she says.

"But one thing that I've never been able to feel comfortable talking about was the effects that it had on my life, afterward. I didn't know why they were being so mean to me. And when I would ask them why, they would just say, 'Well, you're fat."

Her torment turned into a lifelong disease, and one dangerous habit after another.

"I developed an eating disorder, and that's kind of what I've been dealing with ever since," she said. "I was matching the inside to the outside."

"And there were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn't know what to do," Demi Lovato says of spiraling out of control.

"The only way that I could get instant gratification," she chillingly notes, "was through an immediate release, and taking it out on myself."

During the interview, Lovato also says she takes "100 percent, full responsibility" for attacking her back-up dancer Alex Welch last year:

"I feel horrible, [She] was my friend."

Lovato says she hopes her story can "open up the eyes of so many young girls" who are fighting the same issues. We hope it does, too.



Okay that's just stupid she's so famous got loads of fans..the fame the money and everything she should learn how to be greatful there's people out there that don't have a penny and go days without eating but still they are greatful and don't cut themselves ..that's just stupid and selfish !


Wow, that's so sad! To whoever cuts: you guys are way more valuable and more loved than you think. If you're having a hard time stopping, call out to Jesus. Watch and see how He makes it easy to stop. When we are weak, He is strong. And most of all, you are never alone


Demi Lavato has been and always will be my idol.


demi lovato is a great pearson how can she do this to her self?


okay guys i know cutting is suposely supposed to help but it hurts like a mofo thats y i stopped and i got tired of looking at a bunch of scars on my wrist


at my school poeple everyday say that there fat and im a little chuny so scenes they were fat i must be really skinny


i found my best friend and he help me through it but for like a month he move and then he came back i was so happy and then my cosin found out and he told me that it is pointless to do it you are hurting your self becuz off somebody else but really all u need to worry about is u and your family. and i also have a friend that cuts her self to but with our best friends we both got through it so my message to is be strong we will all get there one day a place where we could be happy


I'm lucky. In my school, nobody gets teased or bullied for being chubby or fat. We're all pretty nice except for the popular kids. I'm twelve and I used to cut in elementary because of being bullied for having acne. My OCD made it worse, because one of my symptoms were violent thoughts. I didn't cut much, but in order to take out my pain, I'd think of elaborate plans to kill the bullies. I know, it's terrible, but my mind just gets out of control sometimes.


I've cut since las year, and I was put in Sundance physciatric hospital because of suicide attempts.


why whould pepole call her fat if she was it still is not a reson to torment her


Demi Lovato Biography

Many think Demi Lovato is being groomed to be the next huge Disney star. She appeared in the movie Camp Rock, alongside those gorgeous... More »
Dallas, Texas
Full Name
Demetria Devonne Lovato

Demi Lovato Quotes

I hope to do a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson. [She] has been my idol growing.

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I'm very uncoordinated. I'm surprised I don't fall onstage more.

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